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Success! Anny Sanic from Guatemala raised $1,487 to fund eye surgery.

Anny Sanic
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Anny Sanic's treatment was fully funded on November 25, 2018.

Photo of Anny Sanic post-operation

November 19, 2018

Anny Sanic underwent eye surgery.

Following her pterygium surgery, Anny no longer has problems with her right eye. Her parents are relieved that Anny is healthy and can continue growing without any complications to her vision.

Anny’s parents share, “God Bless your work, because unfortunately we do not have the economic resources that could have paid for Anny’s surgery. May God Bless you and the support that you bring to others.”

Following her pterygium surgery, Anny no longer has problems with her right eye. Her parents are relieved that Anny is healthy and can conti...

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October 9, 2018

Anny Sanic is a very enthusiastic and fun four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her dolls. She also loves to eat lots of bread and sing songs.

Anny Sanic needs pterygium correction surgery. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss.

Anny Sanic needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. She will receive further evaluation from an eye specialist, surgery to remove the pterygium, post-op follow-up treatment, as well as accompaniment and transportation throughout the treatment process. Pterygium surgery is safe, effective, and will positively impact Anny Sanic’s life for years to come. The total cost of her procedure, scheduled for October 18, is $1,487.

Anny Sanic is a very enthusiastic and fun four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her dolls...

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Anny Sanic's Timeline

  • October 9, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Anny Sanic was submitted by Adriana Sánchez at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • October 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Anny Sanic received treatment at Intituto Panamericano. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • October 20, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Anny Sanic's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 19, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Anny Sanic's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Anny Sanic's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Pterygium Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,487 for Anny Sanic's treatment
Hospital Fees
$998
Medical Staff
$40
Medication
$117
Supplies
$0
Travel
$100
Labs
$91
Other
$141
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation due to the growth that covers the white part of the eye. Many also feel burning and itching. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Pterygium leads to persistent redness, inflammation, constant tearing, and dry and itchy eyes. It is extremely uncomfortable and advanced cases can cause limited or loss of vision. In Guatemala, losing vision can end a career, ruin a family’s financial security, and of course majorly impact quality of life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Low vision is a problem anywhere in the world. In Guatemala it is a massive problem, because many people depend on their eyesight to be able to work. Guatemala is also closer to the equator, and as such the UV exposure is stronger.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment for this condition involves consultation with a trusted eye specialist. Surgery is usually a simple affair, requiring just a day or two in the hospital. Before and after eye surgery, drops are usually needed, which are quite expensive. The entire process typically takes two to three months to complete.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves vision, which in turn helps affected individuals live healthy happy, and productive lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable. Response to treatment is usually dramatic, and exceedingly gratifying to watch. Vision is saved. Although rare, risks of surgery include swelling, double vision, eye redness and infections. Sometimes the growth returns.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

There are no eye surgeries available through the public system. There are several good private clinics, including the ones our medical partner uses, but the very high cost of treatment keeps people from getting care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives. As is often the case in Guatemala, specialists and treatments are readily available in urban centers – if you can pay for them.

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